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, passed by voters in 2008, unconstitutional. following the disaster in japan-- the u-s nuclear regulatory commission says it plans to launch a review of all nuclear power plants in this country. and in tokyo --- people are being asked not to hoard bottled water... after it was determined that radiation levels in the tap water there had exceeded the limit considered safe for infants. water is just the latest of the food safety concerns raised since a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the island nation more than a week ago. meanwhile, at the crippled the daiichi (deye-ee-chee) nuclear power plant, engineers are still struggling to restore cooling systems and stabilize overheating reactors. smoke forced another evacuation today, but workers have managed to get the power back on in some areas. in libya - for the first time - u-s commanders say they're using jets to attack qaddaffi's troops on the ground. in the key eastern city of misrata, qaddaffi's tanks are beginning to retreat, after a week-long assault on civilians. earlier this morning, moammar qaddafi vowed to fight back against a
strikes continue to pound the capital city this hour. the u.s. military says that a no-fly zone is being established and that the u.s. is gradually moving into a supportive role in that. u.s. military operations in libya are likely to, in his words, "last a while." meanwhile muammar gaddafi hasn't been seen since a missile strike destroyed part of his compound in tripoli. >>> in japan, more than a week after the devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, more trouble, smoke from two of the reactors forced another evasionation and forced a stop to repair work going on. radiation in the food supply is raising concerns. female living in a veg near the plant, they have now been warned not to drink their tap water. new estimates put the number of dead at more than 18,000 eventually. that damage expected to top $200 billion. >>> house minority leader nancy pelosi is back on track after a medical scare. pelosi was hospitalised briefly in rome this morning. her office says she wasn't feeling well following a weekend trip to afghanistan and a long flight back to italy. she was released this afternoo
but there are mixed messages tonight on their usage. the u.s. surgeon general on a bay area tour suggested that it would be a good idea to stockpile the pills, quote, as a precaution. state officials say just the opposite. simon perez is live in berkeley, where the iodide pills and anything like them are in short supply. simon. >> reporter: elizabeth, certainly a lot of people here in the bay area worried about radioactive material coming from japan across the pacific to the united states. right now the experts say don't worry about it too much. but still, people are buying whatever they can to keep them safe. >> people are terrified. that's what i think, including myself. >> reporter: and that fear has led to this, empty shelves at pharmacies and grocery stores across the bay area of iodine- related products. >> all kinds of stores looking for it and can't find t other stores are calling us to see if we have it and we are completely out. >> reporter: potassium iodide helps protect the thyroid gland from a certain kind of radiation. and even though experts from places like the bay area air
>>> tonight the u.s. military is w it's considering all options in response -- is warning it's considering all options in response to violence in misurata, libya. this video reportedly shows an attack on civilians, not clear if anybody was hurt in the blast but meanwhile nato forces launched more air strikes on government and military targets today and also today, president obama said the four-day air assault will soon achieve the objectives of the no-fly zone. he also said the united states will hand off control of the operation to other countries within days. >>> in japan, workers are a major step closer to ending a nuclear crisis in the wake of the earthquake. crews at the fukushima dai-ichi nuclear power plant were able to run power lines to all six reactor units. after running tests, the next step is to fire up the cooling system to the reactors, which have been overheating. concerns about contamination are spreading as traces of radiation are found in food and sea water. meanwhile, the vice chairman of japan's electric company visited a shelter to apologize to homeless fukushima resident
left him little choice but to act. he said the u.s. acted to prevent a massacre. >> 10 days ago, having tried to end the violence without using force, the international community offered qaddafi a final chance to stop his campaign of killing or face the consequences. rather than stand down, his forces continued their advance bearing down on the city of benghazi home to nearly 700,000 men, women and children who sought their freedom from fear. >> reporter: the president went to great lengths to me assure the nation that the u.s. is not interested in regime change. that would take years he said and millions if not trillions of dollars. the burden of actions should not be america's alone, he said. >> the transition to a legitimate government that is responsive to the libyan people will be a difficult task. and while the united states will do our part to help, it will be a task for the international community and more importantly a task for the libyan people themselves. >> reporter: the president did not lay out a timeline for withdrawal but he did say he will take whatever action is necess
: it is a tremendous step forward. u.s. researchers are currently testing this device at six medical centers across the nation including one right here in the bay area. 14 americans who were once completely blind are now using this device with some success including one man from los altos. blindness robbed dean lloyd of watch his daughter lisa grow up. >> i was 3 when dad lost most of his vision. so i have never known my father to be sighted. >> reporter: his retinal degeneration caused him to lose his sight in his 30s. after getting an artificial retina in his eye, he can tell shapes and light from dark. >> i hadn't seen normal vision for 17 years. i was totally blind for 17 years. and so the brain now has to relearn how to see. >> reporter: the device uses a tiny video camera mounted in a pair of glasses. a transmitter in the glasses sends the images to a chip implanted on the back of the damaged eye. there, 60 electrodes send the image along the optic nerve to the brain. >> it's a huge leap forward for people who have lost all their vision and aren't able to see anything at all. >> reporter: llo
may have been a burst of radiation according to the japanese government. the u.s. is now telling american citizens living within 50 miles of the power plant to leave the area. >> damage to the core of the three units units 1, 2 and 3 has been confirmed. >> reporter: but workers at the plant are confident they can avoid a meltdown saying they have almost restored electricity to the reactor. that would power up the electric water pumps used to keep the nuclear fuel rods cool. radiation levels have risen in nearby towns. and very slight increases can be detected as far away as tokyo. officials say it's not enough to be dangerous but many people are avoiding the city. at the united nations the city council held a moment of silence for the victims in japan. the u.n. is helping to coordinate the relief efforts sending in aid and rescue crews from around the world. in the town of okinahu, british and american rescue crews are searching for survivors. >> hello, can you hear me? make a noise. >> trying to access underneath what you can see. very, very difficult conditions. chances of surv
plant. president obama says one u.s. aircraft carier is there and another one is on its way to help. >> our heart goes out to our friends in the region and we'll stand with them as they recover and rebuilding from this tragedy. >> reporter: powerful aftershocks continue to rock the country. the japanese defense ministry is rushing trips to -- troops to the hardest hit cities in the north to help look for survivors. >>> here in the bay area, thousands of japanese-americans are watching this devastation, many trying to get this touch with their loved ones there. linda yee is live with more. >> reporter: allen, this is a huge community with strong ties to japan and the japanese, they do a lot of business but they like to do a lot of vacationing. we caught up with many of them today and news of the earthquake was devastating for them. if it weren't for the social networking sites, they would have remained in the dark. >> reporter: the pictures are terrifying. people rushing and dodging falling chunks of debris and pieces of buildings. then the tsunami swallowing towns in northern japan.
the pressure on moammar qaddafi. >>> the clock is ticking on capitol hill. the u.s. government will close on friday if there is no budget. lawmakers may pass a short version to buy a few weeks to debate the full spending plan. >>> actor charlie sheen says he is at war with cbs. he made the rounds on competing network tv shows this morning to trash talk the producer of his hit show. now his long-time publicist has quit. we have more on sheen's rants and the fallout. >> reporter: sheen was in rare form this morning candidly giving interviews to network morning news shows and some entertainment website. >> i am on a drug. it's called charlie sheen. it's not available because if you try it once you will die. your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body. >> reporter: he didn't hold back his opinions and thoughts regarding the drama unfolding in his personal life and television career. >> but you are sober. you pasted a drug test? >> three of them. >> reporter: he claims he is drug-free. and even took a drug test for the entertainment website, radar online, a tes
is not a luxury, it's a necessity. >>> refew guys escaping the violent clashes in libya will get relief from the u.s. we'll have live reports from tripoli tonight only on the cbs evening news. ncer patient goes through is a walk in the park. from the moment i registered, people started immediately supporting me and asking me how they could help. you meet the most wonderful, inspiring people. when you accomplish those 60 miles, it's truly life-changing. (man) register today for the... and receive $25 off your registration fee. we're working on for eyewitness news at 6. with misconduct allegations swirling around the san francisco police department, why the f-b-i says it will open its own investigation. >>> i'm dana king. why the fbi says it will open its own investigation. and five years after a tragedy on these railroad tracks, steps are being taken to keep pedestrians safe. we'll have that and much more at 6:00, allen. >> 30 minutes away. hey, it's time to party new orleans style. three mardi gras parades rolled through new orleans last night, including nights of babylon and nights of chaos. more
ranked the most dangerous u.s. spring break destinations. orlando, florida, took the top spot, in fact, according to researchers, three of the top 5 of dangerous cities for spring break are in florida. they complied the late factors including violent crime, car crashes, and the number of doctor and lawyers per cap take. >>> in the waters off the coast of california there are far fewer great white sharks than scientists expected. biologists conducted a first ever census in the northeast pacific ocean. they believe only 219 full- grown and near adult white sharks hang out between bodega bay and monterey. because there are no historical figures it's hard to tell if numbers are rising, falling, or staying the same. >> does it have to do with the weather row? >> all i know is sharks i like to see wear skates and skate at hp pavilion, right? >> you betcha. >> let's start and head outdoors right now. our weather camera looking at the transamerica building in all of its splendor off of montgomery street. 850 feet tall, 48 stories, what a view you have there this evening from those windows. in
ago has made it to the u.s. supreme court. thousands of women say they were underpaid and passed over for promotions. christin ayers on the questions raised by the justices today, christin. >> reporter: elizabeth, as you said that sex discrimination suit is massive. it's so big that wal-mart lawyers told the supreme court today that it's too big and too fractured and should be thrown out. what started with this woman's claim of sexism at the nation's largest retailer -- >> i believe that there was a pattern of discrimination at wal-mart, not just in my store but i believe it is across the country. >> reporter: -- has ballooned a decade later into a class actio suit. up to a million female plaintiffs claiming discrimination. now the supreme court has to decide whether their lawsuit has become too big and too broad. at least one justice seemed to think so. justice antonin scalia pressed the plaintiffs' lawyers asking, doesn't your class include women who were underpaid and women who weren't? is that commonality? >> i think there was good questions asked on both sides. it was a good arg
risk of exposure from what's happening in japan? the head of the u.s. nuclear regular attorney commission says it's very unlikely that we'll feel any harmful effects here in the united states. now, japanese officials are also distributing potassium iodide pills as a precaution. but the benefits of these pills are limited and misunderstood. they only help protect against thyroid cancer. they block the absorption of one kind of radioactive material emitted from these damaged plants. radioactive iodine, it does not help protect other organs or against potential harm from other radioactive materials released by the plant. >> all right, dr. kim, thank you. here's roberta. >> and welcome, elizabeth cook, to your new family at cbs 5! what a day for you to arrive. this is our live cbs 5 weather camera looking towards the bay bridge. a very angry sky at this hour. but for the most part the rain is out of here. a random scattered shower can be noted but for the most part, this system is due east of the bay area. you see the moderate to heavy precipitation now falling in throughout the ce
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